MALTA BEND -- The Malta Bend boys' and girls' basketball teams began CCAA play at home Wednesday with a pair of losses to Bunceton.
The Dragons won the boys' contest 81-34 behind 22 points from senior Jacob Clevenger. He had 10 points during a 30-7 first-quarter spree, and by halftime Bunceton led by a 48-16 margin.
Junior Kyler Tucker hit five three-pointers among his 18 points and senior Will Twenter added 17 points for the Dragons (5-6, 2-0 CCAA).
The Tigers (1-13, 0-1) were paced by senior Danny Kiehl's nine points.
Bunceton got off a 21-2 start in the girls' game, pushing the margin to 44 points by halftime of a 62-12 victory.
The Lady Dragons (8-2, 2-0) had two players out-score Malta Bend: junior Rachel Emde with 15 points and junior Maddy Berwanger with 14.
The Lady Tigers (0-12, 0-1) were paced by junior Danielle Kiser with seven points.
Malta Bend will head to Bunceton on Monday for the CCAA Tournament.